New York City Council members Jumaane Williams, second left, and Ydanis Rodriguez, center, join Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York's Zuccotti Park. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

City Councils Try ‘Participatory Budgeting’ To Get Citizens More Involved In Community, Politics

After a dynamic inaugural year of inviting the public to help decide how the New York City Council spends some of its funds, four council members who pioneered the practice are about to have some company. In contrast to the typical closed-door, opaque decision-making behind council members’ individual member-item spending, under “participatory budgeting” four City […]